1904 Train Depot Museum

Kingsville Visitors Center

History
Visitors will discover artifacts dating back to the early 1900’s through the 1960’s when rail travel no longer held the sparkle and excitement it had enjoyed for so many years and goods and people were now moved by 4-wheeled trucks and automobiles. The little Depot was closed. To celebrate Kingsville’s 100th Birthday, the structure was restored and opened its doors on July 4th, 2004 – 100 years to the date that the city was Chartered. Today, photographs are exhibited in chronological order so visitors can enjoy viewing the history of Kingsville and the importance of the train coming through the community. Artifacts give insights into life on the rail. The museum’s personality changes daily with the personality of the Volunteer for the day. Manned 100% by caring volunteers of Kingsville, each person brings the variety of exhibits to life through the love and excitement they feel for the museum.

One of the most popular exhibits, though small, is an operational telegraph. This in itself is special, but if you are fortunate enough to visit on the day that the station’s volunteer (AKA as the telegraph operator) is on duty, she will show and teach you how messages were sent in Morse Code. On another day, you might hear stories about how a father or a grandfather worked and rode the rails. On another day, you could hear the story of families that rode to Kingsville looking for a new start on life and ranched and farmed land that is still in the same family today. Others just love the Depot and the history of their community.